While Rhys Millen's been having smoking-rubber fun at Hyundai's old headquarters, plans continue apace on the new building that will replace it. The $150-million cost is the largest Hyundai has ever spent on an office building in the U.S., and for that money, the LEED-certified, Gensler-designed structure will be 419,000 square feet, featuring four stories of glass above a two-story pedestal entrance. A show of Hyundai models will be visible from the freeway, a feature you see rather often in Europe.

Follow the jump for a press release with more details on the command center that Hyundai says "represents Hyundai's vision for the future and reflects the innovation and creativity that our brand has come to represent."
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HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA UNVEILS DETAILS ABOUT NEW U.S. HEADQUARTERS BUILDING IN FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA

COSTA MESA, Calif., Jan. 3, 2012 - Today Hyundai Motor America released a rendering of its proposed new U.S. headquarters building in Fountain Valley, California, its U.S. base of operations for the past two decades. The new building will represent more than a $150 million investment, the largest amount ever committed to an office building in the U.S. by Hyundai Motor Company.

"This new national headquarters represents Hyundai's vision for the future and reflects the innovation and creativity that our brand has come to represent," said Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik. "It also reflects our commitment to invest in and benefit the communities in which we operate around the world."

Designed by world-renowned architecture and design firm Gensler, the building will be LEED-certified, targeting the gold level. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building certification process assessing the sustainability of a building's design, construction and operations.

The building design is sleek and modern, yet classic, and built on a structural pedestal foundation with floating translucent glass floors above. The focal point of the building is its impressive two-story high entrance, which leads to an open-to-the sky public courtyard in the building's center. A showroom of Hyundai vehicles will be visible from the freeway side of the new structure.

The new headquarters building will be approximately 419,000 sq. ft. and six stories high. A one-story, 50,000 sq.ft. technical services facility connects to the main building. An adjacent parking structure will also be built on the site.

Demolition of the old headquarters building along the 405 San Diego Freeway is currently underway. Construction of the new building is expected to begin in spring 2012, and is projected to generate approximately 1,530 direct and indirect jobs during the estimated 19-month building process. The building is slated for completion by the fall of 2013. During the demolition and construction, Hyundai Motor America employees are in temporary office space in Costa Mesa, California.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 800 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, 5-years of complimentary Roadside Assistance and the Hyundai Trade-in Value Guarantee. Hyundai is a registered trademark of Hyundai Motor Company. All rights reserved. ©2011 Hyundai Motor America.


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      Timothy Carey
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's too small, needs exactly 1000 more sq ft.
      everett
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, this is incredibly boring, I hope this doesn't reflect the quality of cars coming out of thier design studio. its' 1960 all over again.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @everett
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      DriverDan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lovely, a parking garage under glass.
      brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      If not for the logo, it could just as easily be an office for an Insurance Company, Mutual Fund, Telecom...
      Tripointkid
      • 2 Years Ago
      Are they going to demo their current building visible from the 405fwy and build on the same land?
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      William Weismantel
      • 2 Years Ago
      and just like their cars, that building is ugly...
        • 2 Years Ago
        @William Weismantel
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        MJC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @William Weismantel
        It's actually the opposite of their cars (Teutonic and restrained) - looks like a VW office.
        Gubbins
        • 2 Years Ago
        @William Weismantel
        Maybe ugly to you, but they're continuing to set sales records--so it's a good thing that you're not their styling chief.
        desinerd1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @William Weismantel
        Wait... are you talking about Audi?
      Dreez28
      • 2 Years Ago
      Boo. Go back to Korea.
        Rob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dreez28
        Yeah, those pesky Koreans trying to bring company money and hundreds of new job positions to the US. How dare they. Give me a break...
        Dreez28
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dreez28
        I'd rather see an American company build a facility like this and employ the same "hundreds" of Americans. Rather than allowing our country to be a squatting place for every single foreign company on the planet. Once our economy is 100% dependent on the rest of the world we'll be better off right? Great they are going to create some jobs, for no other benefits to our economy other than tax income and a few hundred jobs...clap clap clap. I'm so excited.
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dreez28
          You, sir, are a moron. It is painfully and completely obvious that you've never taken a single business class in your life, let alone anything that had ANYTHING to do with automotive manufacturing/engineering. Xenophobic Americans make us normal, educated Americans look bad to the rest of the world. Please crawl back into the hole that you came from.
          MJC
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dreez28
          Well, it would be great if an American car company did this, but they are not in the position to - they are trying to get their existing HQ offices back to where they once were. In the meantime, I'd rather have Hyundai planting roots here instead of just engineering and manufacturing cars in Korea and shipping them here, which they could very well do and still turn a profit. Face it, we live in a global economy. When Korean companies like Hyundai and Samsung are successful, it pushes American companies like Ford and Apple to make better products and we, the consumer, win in that scenario.
          Gubbins
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dreez28
          Hyundai has invested quite heavily in America genius; a full design center, a huge proving ground and R&D center in CA and a factory in AL. I'd consider THAT serious investment and worth more than "a few hundred" jobs, wouldn't you? To that, add the support network necessary to make all these viable (raw materials, transportation, IT services, staff) and you have hundreds of millions of dollars. So, your miserable whining about us getting "dependent on the rest of the world" rather than welcoming their investment and thriving infrastructure is all the more pig ignorant. What would you have them do...leave?
          Dreez28
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dreez28
          @NightFlight Care to explain? Or are you just leaving empty comments that would seem as though you are right, yet you haven't supported anything you said with any shred of insight...Unless you were thinking that insulting me was enough to justify your opposing opinion on the subject. So please, explain to me how the US becoming open real estate for foreign businesses to move in is the best move for our economy. What we really want is foreign bodies investing and trading with OUR businesses. That is where we make out like bandits. Hyundai is not investing in America, they're investing in YOU, the consumer. They want your money, that's all.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dreez28
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          Dreez28
          • 2 Years Ago
          ...coming from the guy who don't know hillbilly is one word.
          Synthono
          • 2 Years Ago
          I think Arkansas would probably welcome a new Hyundai factory.
          AP1_S2K
          • 2 Years Ago
          "I think Arkansas would probably welcome a new Hyundai factory." +!
      Burabus
      • 2 Years Ago
      Im surprised they didnt include fluidic sculpting and a big catfish face
      Sukairain
      • 2 Years Ago
      *clap clap* Hyundai has been picking up many high visibility office building in Irvine as well and Kia is right off the 5 freeway in the same vicinity. I am glad to see Korean automaker bringing business to Southern California. Mitsubishi, Toyota and Honda are not too far away as well in Torrance. Is it just me or it seems that California and Southern state based automakers are doing much better than their Detroit counterparts?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sukairain
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      caddy-v
      • 2 Years Ago
      19,000 sq ft for general office space, 150,000 sq ft for warranty claims office space and 200,000 sq ft for warranty claim rejection and lawyers space. The last 50,000 sq ft is split in half for designers and vomit collection.
        Gubbins
        • 2 Years Ago
        @caddy-v
        Sounds like you've had a beef with them over a rejected warranty! Despite their design advances and strong sales I think the jury's still out on their long-term durability.
      ThucBiDza
      • 2 Years Ago
      the koreans are coming
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ThucBiDza
        They've been here for a while now. Hyundai has been gaining a stupid amount of traction in America since the mid 2000's.
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